Between the end of 1976 and the beginning of 1980 more than 700 patients were admitted to the Weissenau Depression Ward. The most important data were obtained by way of special questionnaires, and part of it will be presented in abridged form in the following paper. In respect of the distribution of sex and age, marital status, manner and background of admission, psychiatric case history, duration of hospitalization, nosological allocation, above all for the nature of depression, age, phenomenological and nosological distribution, course of illness, time of hospitalisation, and therapeutical success interesting information is gained.

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